Geoff Sanders/U14 Racing Format for 2021/22

During the summer the new Geoff Sanders  format for U14 development racing was run successfully at a number of events. As we move into the 21/22 season the new format is now live. The first point scoring races will be Pangbourne and Shropshire this weekend.

We felt now was a good time to clarify a couple of points:

  1. The rules on the website are the most up to date. You can find them here from page 22:  http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Marathon-Rules-SECTION-F1-July-21-v10.pdf
  2. In line with discussions at the ACM, Division C is open to all mini K1s (including lightnings).
  3. In Division B & A any boat that would be considered acceptable to race at a Hasler can be used, including lightnings, mini K1s, Standard K1s, C1s and Surfskis.
  4. There is the occasional race (for example at Oxford this year) where the timetable allows for a GS paddlers to race GS K1 and the Hasler in K2. We would like to highlight there is no rule that prevents this. While rule 25b prevents a paddler racing at 2 Hasler qualifying events this does not apply to Geoff Sanders races so Geoff Sanders paddlers are able to race GSK1 and a K2 at the same event, (this may include 2 GSA paddlers racing together in Div 9).  It should be noted that while this is not prevented in the rules, there is no expectation that organisers should adjust timings to accommodate it.

Our overall aim is to get young people racing. We want to remove red tape and make it accessible whist also having a fair and fun competition. It is not just about points and prizes, it is about developing our future athletes and giving a load of kids some great racing along the way.

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas about the Geoff Sanders Series, please get in touch.

Evan, Julia & Kat

2021-22 Hasler Season starts

We are delighted to announce that the 2021-22 Hasler season has started, from 1st September. The inter-club Hasler competition and paddler qualification rules will re-start from the first races of this new season, with qualification towards the 2022 Hasler Final in September next year.

Hasler races will now be available to enter through the new Race Entry System

The start of the season will see one rule change: the first in-region boat in each division will earn 50 points (100 for K2s/C2s), with points decreasing by one for each position as usual. The reason for increasing the points is that some start lines see over 20 paddlers, so there will still be points to race for below this position. There will still be a 110% cut-off time, where paddlers outside this time will earn a single point.

An organising club and venue for the 2022 Hasler Final have been proposed – confirmation and announcement to follow.

Junior Development Squad – Skills Day, 18 September

The Junior Development Squad is being now being run jointly by the  MRC, SRC  and British Canoeing’s Talent Department. 
These are events are for paddlers of the following minimum standards:
Girls –
U16s – Girls C and/or Div 5 marathon or above
U19s – Div 4 marathon or above
Boys –
U16s – Boys C and/or Div 4 marathon or above 
U19s – Div 3 marathon or above
The first event of this new collaboration is on 18 September at Wey Kayak Club, and Ivan Lawler will be the lead speaker.  There are are more details and information on how to sign up
on the web site here.
Coaches
The JDS is also aimed at those seeking to develop their knowledge and engage with other like-minded coaches.  You do not need to have a paddler attending the events – just come along with a desire to learn, engage and share ideas.

New Speed Series – pilot races

The MRC has been working with the SRC to pilot a new series of local “Speed Series” races. The aim of these races is to create a local and regional sprint and short-course marathon competition similar to the Hasler series, and with a focus on learning and fun.

Norwich CC trialled an event among club members on 25th April, which included 200m knock-out sprints, a relay event and a 3.6k tactical race with portages.

Details of the trial can be found here, with a summary of feedback received here.

The MRC and SRC are now in discussion with a couple of clubs to reopeat this trial during 2021, with a view to launching a series of races in 2022.

Please contact Dyson Pendle if your club is interested in running a trial event

Small Clubs Network

Alice Murphy of the SRC and Banbury CC is working to set up an ideas-sharing and support network for smaller racing clubs.

If your club would like to be involved, please contact Alice

Changes to Geoff Sanders Trophy and U14 racing

The MRC has finalised plans to replace the current U12 lightning series (for the Geoff Sanders Trophy) with an U14 racing series.

This new structure will give beginner U14 athletes of all ages and capabilities an opportunity to have an introduction to flat water racing. Progression through the new divisions is based on speed and ability with athletes having the opportunity to race K1s and Mini K1s prior to being promoted into the Hasler divisions.

Please email Kat Burbeck with any questions

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2020-21 Hasler season

When we suspended the Hasler points competition until the end of 2020, we had been hoping for a return to competition and completion of the second half of the season. However this looks extremely unlikely, so the MRC has decided to suspend the Hasler points competition for the remainder of the season (i.e. to end August 2021).

Clubs may still organise Hasler races if restrictions allow, there will simply be no points collected towards the Hasler Final.

In place of a traditional Hasler Final, the MRC hopes to run an inter-club competition, provisionally on 19th September, and open to all clubs.

New marathon skills learning resources

The MRC has collated a set of useful resources that athletes, parents, clubs and coaches can use to support their racing development generally, and marathon racing skills.
 
Many thanks to Scott Hynds and Ivan Lawler who gave their permission for their materials to be shared here. We would love to add to these to make this resource as useful as possible, so if you have any to contribute, please let James know.

Click here to access the files on Google Drive